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Welcome to South Today. - so it's goodbye from me -


Tonight, let us vape alone, e-cigarette users say they shouldn't


be forced to vape alongside regular smokers.


Are changes to rubbish dumps leading to more scenes like this?


The woman who turned her father's war memories


And from Fred Astaire's showy dance to Star Wars: Rogue one.


For 80 years the best films have been shown here


at the ABC cinema in Bournemouth but now the curtain is coming down.


More than a million people in the UK have completely given up smoking


because they started using e-cigarettes -


But it's been revealed that across the South many workers


who vape say they shouldn't be expected to use


That's despite Public Health England saying employers should


"make a clear distinction" between the two.


But there's also mixed messages about just how beneficial vaping is,


Phil from Southampton was a smoker for 24 years before he discovered


Since he made the change he says he feels fitter,


his sense of smell and taste have returned and he got a surprise


I said I'd stopped smoking about a year ago,


he said, you're now a nonsmoker, so since then all my


have been filled out as a nonsmoker, which is


brilliant, it saves me a fortune.


Public Health England estimates that vaping is 95% less


Last summer it produced a set of guidelines for


employers which said they should support


smokers to stop smoking and stay smoke-free


and make clear the distinction between vaping and smoking.


But Phil's employer, like most in the South,


It's classed the same as smoking, so we smoke in the same


It's the same thing, they don't see any difference between them.


Ian Green runs the Southampton Vaping Centre.


He says it isn't right that many of his new customers will


return to work this week to find a lack of support from their bosses.


It would be very positive if councils or larger employers could


work with the vapers and define an area where they can,


whether it be indoor or outdoor, to allow them to vape


without actually being next to smokers.


But not everyone in the medical profession is convinced.


Last month the chair of the Royal College of GPs


told The Times newspaper that she believes vaping


should be banned in all public places and shouldn't be seen


Vaping certainly is less seriously damaging to health


than smoking is and there are less toxic chemicals in the vaping liquid


than in nicotine and tar, but the jury is still out


There are some chemicals in there and the scientific evidence is


not clear cut yet, so we cannot say that vaping is safe but it is


For the time being, anyone trying to make


an informed decision on vaping may find their judgments being included.


And anyone who wants advice about stopping smoking can get


information on the NHS website - that's nhs.co.uk/smokefree.


It's been a day of mixed news for Southern Rail passengers.


The morning, it was announced that drivers had cut their planned strike


next week from six days to three - then they announced further


Our transport correspondent Paul Clifton is here.


Aslef has cut next week's strike from six days to three.


But the union has also announced another three-day


Next week there will be no Southern trains at all on Tuesday,


But there will inevitably be widespread disruption


on the Thursday as well, with trains out of place.


So the drivers get four days' impact for the price of three.


The next strike will take the same pattern.


The result - much more disruption, not less.


Southern called it a cynical ploy to reduce the impact


It will run no trains at all on strike days.


To put that into context, 200 buses would carry around 5%


Now, since yesterday, drivers are operating the doors


on seven out of ten Southern trains - the original basis of this strike.


Aslef boss Mick Whelan said he was taking a longer term


He said we are a long way from a deal being done.


Cases of fly-tipping in Reading have gone up by 20% since a new permit


scheme was introduced for dumping waste.


Last year, West Berkshire council withdrew funding


for its tip near Reading - leaving some residents


travelling up to 20 miles to the nearest council facility.


Nobody wants to work in a dump but that is


Reading is being turned into because of fly-tipping.


We have mattresses, beds, several mattresses.


People have obviously had a clearout.


Alison owns the travel agency and is worried this


We have had settees dumped in the precinct, toilets, bass,


all sorts of things, you wouldn't believe


In the latter half of 2014 there were about 1200 reported


fly-tipping incidents across the borough.


Last year that had risen to just shy of 1700, an increase of 37%


It seems there's no real limit as to just what can be dumped


in and around Reading but no matter what is in each individual fly-tip


it costs the council ?60.50 on average for each incident.


That's a total for the year of more than ?100,000.


I came to the precinct in 1988 and I've been working here since.


No, in the early days we never had anything like this,


this is in the last two to three years.


Many put this increase in dumping down to new


rules at the town's small recycling plant.


Last month residents were given a special permit to use it


but even though they are just a few miles away, tens of thousands living


over the border in West Berkshire have been shut out


Our neighbour authorities have not reported any particular increase but


we knew there was likely to be a spike so it is no surprise has been


some increase but we built that into our budgeting so we could cope with


it. The land owners remove all tipped rubbish as soon as it is


reported but locals here hope the council will not discard their


concerns. A Hampshire mother accused


of plotting to topple the Iranian government has had her appeal


heard in court. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe


is a British-Iranian charity worker Her husband Richard, whose family


lives in Fleet in Hampshire, says their daughter Gabriella


is having to cope without her mum. She is getting older,


and as she gets older, about when we are going back


to London and where She talks about prison


as being mummy's bedroom. She doesn't really


understand things in the big sense and she's still young enough


to live in the moment. She is in a place where she's loved


and she's looked after. A student at Southampton University


says he fears he may not be able to graduate because of political


and economic changes The 23-year-old won a scholarship


to study in the UK. But the government in his home state


has pulled the programme, Prince Olibari was set a great


example by his mother. Despite their humble background


in Nigeria, she got a degree. And when he graduated from school,


Prince hoped to follow suit after winning a scholarship to study


in the UK. For people like me that could never


have dreamt of studying in university, it was a great


opportunity. But following a change


in government back home, They don't see value in education,


they see value in rules. Allow me to finish and bring my knowledge back


and change my country. The state government says it s


ending scholarships because of Nigeria is in deep recession -


many citizens feeling the pinch. Nigeria has been facing a lot of


economic challenges. State governments are not able to shoulder


their responsibilities. Prince was told his scholarship


would continue to be paid as he's in his last year but the government


agency haven't paid his final I don't know if they will allow me


to graduate or two to my final exams, they haven't told me, but


I've pleaded to my faculty to at least think of a way to help me. The


university has a student support fund which can help those struggling


with living expenses and on occasion it has allowed students to pay


tuition fees by instalments, but it will not comment on Prince's case


specifically, so he remains unclear about what financial help may be


available from the University. A non-league footballer's been


sacked by his club for mocking Bournemouth player Harry Arter over


the death of his baby daughter. Hitchin Town condemned the actions


of Alfie Barker who made the remarks on Twitter after the Cherries lost


a three-goal lead against Arsenal. Renee Arter was stillborn


in December 2015. Stay with us for some wonderful


archive film of how steam trains changed the character


of the Isle of Wight. Keggie Carew had never


written a book before. But she grew up with stories


of her father's courageous acts during the Second World War


and was determined to get them on paper before dementia took hold


of her father's life. So, she wrote Dadland -


A Journey Into Uncharted Territory. And it's won her the Best Biography


in the Costa Awards. I went to chat to her at her


home near Salisbury. As dad slowly leaves us, I try to


haul him back from the bottom of cardboard boxes and forgotten


trunks, from letters buried in desks, from books I have not known


about, from photos I am unfamiliar with, from diaries never meant for


my eyes. It isn't just that I want to stick together again, this is an


exorcism and a ghost hunt. Rebuilt him, rebuild me. Why did you embark


on the story? I knew my dad had done some extraordinary things in the


war, since we were young we have these Indian newspapers from 1945


that col Tim Lawrence of Burma and I got into his attic and found two


huge trunks full of stuff and I sadly realised I had an incredible


story and everything things kept falling into my lap. Did you learn


more about your father, would you like, I did not know he was like


this. There was a lot of wow, I knew he was extraordinary because he was


unorthodox, rule breaking, charismatic, living with him was


like being in a game of poker, you never knew where you were. He was


born in 1919 in the middle of the Irish War of Independence out of


wedlock, so it started off like that and went on. Tell me about the note


that kicked it off for you. He came to say and I was going through his


pockets and he had just started to lose his memory and I found a note


that said my name is Tom Carew but I have forgotten years. It was moving


but he was funny, once he had got over the immediate panic, he would


try to outwit his dementia. My neighbour came round and I overheard


him say to her, I don't remember you but I do remember your teeth. They


are very distinctive. So he was a joy. And a nightmare! How much of


this has been a personal journey? It has been a huge personal journey, I


am very much in this book and it has been hard because I have two


revisits a lot of tough family stuff because everything went pear shaped,


with a man like that it will go her shape. Post-war Britain, there


wasn't much call for aid agent in Hampshire in 1960 but it didn't stop


his self belief -- a gorilla agent. This is where you wrote the book.


This is my ramshackle shed, or my dad's letters and photos and secret


papers. What is next? I have something in my drawer, loads of


things in my drawer, more horrible true stories. Which you will not


share? Not right now click! And you can hear Keggie talking tonight on


front row at 7:15pm. Do you remember your first


visit to the cinema? It may well have been


to an ABC Complex. They were one of the biggest names


during the post-war heyday of British cinema-going and tonight,


one of the last remaining It's in Bournemouth and we can join


Ed Sault who is there ahead What an entrance, there certainly


has. Welcome to Bournemouth. Who needs Hollywood on a night like


this, this is where the action is as the ABC cinema closes its doors


after 80 years. Members of the public got to choose the last film,


and this is a giveaway, the DeLorean from Back To The Future and the


cinema, while looking back on its past, is also looking forward to its


future. It is a Bournemouth icon, a 30s


landmark but one that is closing down. The ABC cinema first opened in


1937 and everything from Fred Astaire's dance to Star Wars Rogue


one has been projected onto its giant screens. This is the


projection room for them they just screamed, screen one. We have the


two ages of projection, the old-style 35mm projection and the


new digital projector. And that is what is used now. One of the


interesting bits of history by the fire instructions. Instead of using


the word far, a charrette which used the word sand, like code, and rather


than a conventional fire alarm, Rule Britannia was played instead. I


started when ABC was part of the Cannon group and we reverted back to


ABC, so if you cut me in half I would have ABC and Odeon written


through me, so to close it is like a story full circle in my career. ABC


cinemas were well known across the south, as seen here in Portsmouth,


but Fred Hughes -- for those who work here it is bittersweet. With 80


years of history, knowing we are the 12 will close it down is sad on our


part but we are glad knowing we are looking to the future and looking


around we think it is so different, especially when we moved to the new


building. Tonight's screening of Back To The Future is the end of an


era as the curtain comes down on eight decades of history. A


brand-new theatre opens across the road in February. While there is a


lot of change on the card, some things aren't changing. I love this


bit. I will make sure you get some, Sally!


I know there will not be anything left after you finished that not,


and Chris Temple either wanted a drum roll or curtains.


That would be nice, one of those curtains for the sports presenter.


What happened last night? Are Bournemouth fans upset? I'm sure


they will be, 3-0 up against Arsenal and then you throw it away,


Bournemouth fans may have felt they should have been gutted but a large


number reflected on a night of positives at the vitality stadium,


which is proving the place to go for Premier League drama.


Goals, disallowed goals, penalty shouts, a red card


and a last-ditch equaliser, this had the lot.


Half of Charlie Daniels' family are Arsenal fans,


A temporary family split when the left back put Bournemouth


It's hard to keep the Cherries' pocket rocket Ryan Fraser


This push on the Scotsman gave Callum Wilson a chance


2-0, Bournemouth all over the 13-times champions.


Then came another point for debate, Harry Arter's shot coming


The referee ruled it out for handball.


That seemed irrelevant when Fraser belied his stature to thread


3-0 but not yet won, particularly when Alexis Sanchez


Difficult to argue with the quality of the Gunners' second,


The Cherries' quest to hang on wasn't helped by a red card


for skipper Simon Francis for a lunge on Aaron Ramsey.


The Cherries have today appealed that decision.


And with ten men, the resistance buckled as Olivier Giroud glanced


It's a strange one for us, 3-0 up, to be hoping the game is over


but you can't underestimate the quality of Arsenal.


As soon as they got that first goal, the game changed.


3-1, we didn't see the game out in an effective manner.


We're here to win and that's why tonight hurts so much.


And Bournemouth stay ninth in the Premier League.


Hampshire bowler Reece Topley has suffered another injury setback,


in his attempts to return to full fitness.


After spending the whole of last season on the sidelines


with a recurring back problem, Topley has today undergone


That will prevent him joining up as planned with the England


I think it was a case of not responding well to the physio he's


having and the decision was made to have an operation


but the encouraging thing that's positive is that it's a short time


out and he should be raring to go at the start of the season,


so that's a real positive for Reece and also for us at Hampshire.


It's back to business this week for the Berkshire-based GB rowing


squad, who have launched into their Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycle.


The GB squad were back at Caversham today, before heading off


for their first training camp of the four-year build-up.


It's a mixture of seasoned Olympians, and new faces too.


The big target of 2017 is the World Championships


They had a longer time after the Olympics to recover,


four years on, very demanding on the body and to get the wheels


spinning again is not as easy and if you look now,


two and a half years' time, we have to qualify for Tokyo,


That lake looks cold. It's amazing when they say it's not


a lot of time, you think it is ages but not when you work Groening, it


goes quick. -- when you are training.


It's 50 years since the last British Rail steam train ran


The railways used to crisscross the island, but, today


there's just one short line from Ryde Pier to Shanklin.


Now, with archive film you've never seen before,


our transport correspondent Paul Clifton looks at how the end


of the steam era changed the island's character.


The Isle of Wight once had 55 miles of railways.


This is 1928, when trains linked most towns and villages.


From the 1950s onwards, the lines gradually closed.


At the end of 1966, Ventnor died because the line from Ryde


to Ventnor served the principal holiday resorts on the island,


Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor - and it took Ventnor about 30 years


to reinvent itself to become a destination once again.


Here is the last ever train from Newport, shortly before the tracks


were taken up. If you look carefully,


evidence of the old railways A platform that hasn't


seen trains in decades. Once called Whitwell Station,


here it is in 1897. And this is a junction of two lines,


the station building is long gone but the platforms are still


standing. The island always had old, worn out trains, second-hand


cast-offs from the mainland, but in the summer holidays they were


packed. The carriages made of wood are still here, restored on that


carriage railway. -- the heritage railway.


After 104 years, the last steam train ran on New Year's Eve, 1966.


The trains were probably much more busy than an average


were very much coming for their last trip of an era.


The final seven miles of railway from right to Shankland were


electrified, ready for a more cast-offs. This time former London


underground trails, old even in the 1960s, yet still soldiering on half


a century later. Certainly the eyes and railways never made any real


profit and they just closed a year because of their non-viable T. There


is a future in the sense that I didn't line carriage provides a good


service to and from the ferries. In reality, the island has


two heritage railways. Unlikely survivors


from the island's past. And there are no firm


plans to update it. And for those of you who'd like a


bit of steam, you can go to our Facebook page and see that archive


footage over again. Onto the weather. It was not quite so chilly


this morning but weather. It was not quite so chilly


this morning but it will get cold again. Temperatures were above


freezing this morning but remembered Tuesday, minus six Celsius and it


will be cold overnight to like, maybe even minus eight Celsius.


Tonight we expect frosty conditions but let's look at your pictures


because many have been out despite the cloud cover this morning, a dog


walker at Waltham St Lawrence in Berkshire, also a cloudy scene with


some brighter spells at Netflix and a few brighter spells at Hungerford,


captured by Ken Rayner. The night temperatures will drop like a stone,


potentially -8 across southern England, elsewhere temperatures


could drop to -24 minus three. There is a chance where we have crossed on


the ground that could create slippery conditions and maybe some


freezing fog first thing tomorrow morning, so it will be a bitterly


cold start, tomorrow temperatures will struggle to rise. Lots of


sunshine, barely a cloud in the sky and temperatures could reach five


Celsius along the south coast that just a high of two Celsius in parts


of Oxfordshire. A lovely end to the day but we will see increasing cloud


for western parts, the further east you are, you may see freezing fog


with temperatures dropping to -3 so Friday will start on a chilly night,


cloud will increase with a weather front from the North West thinking


South and East, it could produce some heavy rain from lunchtime


onwards on Friday afternoon and some milder temperatures, the air behind


the front will be milder, temperatures up to nine or 10


Celsius but that rain will clear south and east into Saturday


morning, so a bitterly cold start to tomorrow, temperatures could start


off at -8 Celsius, the usual cold spots like Bournemouth Airport,


Friday quite a cloudy start, some bright spells, temperatures milder


than tomorrow and staying mild over the weekend, highs of 10 Celsius.


High pressure will develop over the weekend so we will have fairly


settled conditions, a chance of drizzle but a good deal of cloud and


one were too bright and sunny spells. So it will be chilly


tomorrow morning. We will have more at 10:30pm tonight and then we're


back tomorrow morning. Have a great evening. Good night.


as he explores Naples, Venice and Florence.


It's like we're walking through a giant's armpit.


We can follow the escape route of Michelangelo.


Mildred is our first student from a non-witching family.


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